Secretary Pompeo returned to Kansas last week to deliver the 190th Landon Lecture in the McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He also did at least seven local interviews; all asked him about a potential senate run. See his response below, particularly the part about what flattered him, and spending “every waking moment” … “to try and achieve good diplomatic outcomes for the people of Kansas.”
He said that he’s been “unambiguous” about the senate run but that he “continue to get asked.”
Especially as he kept going back to Kansas.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: Steve, that’s why I always love coming on your show. Look, I’m focused on my mission. I’m serving America and working on President Trump’s team to deliver America’s foreign policy. That’s what I’m focused on. I do see the noise. I’m flattered when people say Mike will be a good United States senator representing Kansas. Susan and I love this place. We miss our Shockers. We miss our church there in Wichita and all our family and friends. But I’m doing something that I consider an incredible privilege, an opportunity of a lifetime to lead the State Department, and I’m focused on doing that each and every day.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: Oh, goodness. I’m so focused on what I’m doing. We just ripped through half a dozen topics. There’s another 20 we could’ve gone through. I spend every waking moment working to try and achieve good diplomatic outcomes for the people of Kansas. That’s my mission set; it’s what I’m focused on. As for what happens tomorrow, a week from now, or two years from now, goodness only knows.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: Every day I am focused on my mission as the Secretary of State, America’s most senior diplomat. It’s what I think about. It’s what I’m focused on. I kind of miss following Kansas politics as closely as it sounds like you are, but I have a very clear mission from President Trump and from the American people to deliver on his America First foreign policy, and me and the team that I have the privilege to lead here for a little bit are going to continue to do that.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: I have no Earthly idea. I’m so focused on what I’m doing each and every day and so proud to represent the great people at the State Department every day. I haven’t spent a heck of a lot of time thinking about my future. I think there’s a lot of other people thinking about my future an awful lot more than Susan and I think about it.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah. I’m very focused on what I’m doing. You just heard me recount half a dozen opportunities for America around the world. I get the privilege to serve as President Trump’s Secretary of State, and I’m focused on that every day and plan to continue that.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, Pete, I always want to come back to Kansas. Susan and I love it here. We miss it. When I flew in last night, it certainly feels like home. But I’ve seen the speculation. I’ve been unambiguous, but I continue to get asked. I’m focused on what I’m doing every day. I want to be the Secretary of State as long as President Trump wants me to continue to do this. That’s my focus. What comes next, goodness knows. But every day my sole focus is ensuring that I’m doing my best to deliver American diplomacy, and leading my team to successfully protect American people all around the world.
Via: SECRETARY POMPEO: I’m still focused on what I’m doing, Lily. I see the noise, I hear it, but my mission set every day is very clear. I intend to stay in this current role just as long as President Trump says, “I want you to be my most senior diplomat.” That’s the mission set. I came back to Kansas for this incredible privilege to give a lecture at K-State as part of the Landon Lecture Series where amazing people – presidents and all kinds of great leaders – have had the opportunity to come. Mikhail Gorbachev – he had this opportunity to speak to K-Staters and people of this community. And I’m really looking forward to it.
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— Bill Turque (@bturque) September 6, 2019
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— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) September 6, 2019
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— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 15, 2019